Development News

Belt and Road Initiative 

The Government of the Cook Islands and the Government of the People’s Republic of China sign the Belt and Road Initiative Memorandum of Understanding in which both countries agree to promote between themselves policy coordination, facilitate connectivity, trade, financial cooperation and people to people relations

Belt and Road Memorandum of Understanding  

Development News

Request for Expressions of Interest for Technical Assistance for Programme Coordinator

The Development Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) seeks a suitably qualified individual or company to provide services to support the Cook Islands in implementing the New Zealand funded Core Sector Support Grant Funding Agreement

The assignment will commence in January 2017.

The TA role includes:

  • Implementing the Core Sector Support Grant Funding Agreement (GFA) in line with National Systems, in particular the financial and procurement system
  • Developing supporting documents for activities to be implemented under the GFA – Terms of References, Tender documents, Concept Notes, Progress Reports, and Completion Reports.
  • Tracking the progress made on indicators in the Results management framework by line ministries involved in the GFA

Download the full Terms of Reference (TOR) below.

Please submit your CV and an application outlining your approach to meeting the TOR (no more than 5 pages long).

Email:  Ph: +682 29-521.

EOI Closes: 3pm Monday, 16th January 2017 (Cook Islands Time). 

2016-2020 CIG PFM Roadmap

Cook Islands Government Public Financial Management Roadmap 2016-2020

The Cook Islands Government (CIG) Public Financial Management (PFM) Roadmap was developed to highlight and outline specific actions to improve weaknesses in the current public financial management system and to maintain areas of strength.

This latest PFM Roadmap, endorsed by Cabinet in November, builds on the success of the previous Roadmap for 2011-2015 by presenting agreed deliverables to improve key compenents of its Public Financial Management (PFM) systems, whilst at the same time addressing challenges identified in the 2015 Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment.

The Roadmap will focus on the following areas:

  • Improving measures of transparency and accountability across Government;
  • Improving the timeliness of financial reporting
  • Further reducing systemic vulnerabilities to corruption;
  • Greater invovlvement of the lefislature in scrutinising public finances and the annual budget law;
  • Improved control in budget execution, and
  • Improving public fianncial management across Government. 

The document also provides the following:

  • Discussions on the broad challenges of the current PFM system;
  • Summarised the key PFM performance indicators and scores highlighted in PEFA; and
  • A roadmap of medium-term actions to be undertaken over 2016/2017 to 2019/2020 including responsible Fovernment agenvies and stakeholders for achieving improved results.

To view, download via the link below:

 - CKI Public Financial Management Roadmap 2016-2020

Japan Grant for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP) open to the Cook Islands

The Japan Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP) is now available to the Cook Islands.

This grant is focused on supporting grassroots projects relating to promoting cultural and/or higher education. Such projects can include the procurement, transportation and installation of equipment and construction or restoration of facilities used for various cultural and higher educational activities and the preservation of cultural heritage. 

The Embassy of Japan in New Zealand accepts applications from the following organisations in the Cook Islands:

  • Non-Government Organisations (NGOs);
  • Local authorities; and
  • Research and Higher education Institutes

To make an initial submission, an Application Form can be sent directly to the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand. The Embassy of Japan accepts request papers on a year-round basis with grant funding available up to 10 million yen(~110K NZD)  per project.

The Application Form must include the following:

  • A detailed breakdown of the budget
  • A map showing the project site
  • A feasibility study of the project
  • Estimates of the good & services to be purchase (minimum 3 different supplies)
  • Document introducing the applying organisation (such as brochures)
  • A copy of the organisations regulations and annual budget

Applications can be sent directly to the Embassy of Japan at

Download the guideline and application form below.